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Do You Shop Flea Markets For Bargains

Updated on April 27, 2012
Great Bargains Can Be Found At Flea Markets
Great Bargains Can Be Found At Flea Markets

I love to spend hours and hours looking for bargains at flea markets. In case you've never been to a flea market different vendors set up their items for sale on tables and people walk around and hunt for bargains. And you really never know what you may find at a flea market. Just be ready to spend some time there and don't buy the first items you see because you may find it for sale cheaper a few rows over. You will find almost anything for sale at a flea market and you should be ready to check out items carefully so that you can make purchases with out buying the wrong size or the wrong items. If your going to be shopping often at flea markets put together a small kit of items to take along with you when you are shopping at flea markets. These items should include.

1. A flexible tape measuring device to check the sizes of things like clothes. A lot of people cut the tags out of clothing items and if you have a measuring tape with you then you can check the size of for instance pants.

2. A magnifying glass will be a big help as will a pair of reading glasses if you have trouble seeing like I do.

3. A magnet will help you to check out jewelry items. Magnets will not stick to gold or silver but will stick to plated items. If people tell you an item is silver or gold and a magnet sticks to it or to part of it there is a problem.

4. A small flashlight will also come in handy from time to time.It can be used to look inside items and to help read writing on items.

5. Sunscreen and a hat are a must at outdoor flea markets in the summer.

6. If you go to flea markets a lot one of the new pull behind folding carts on wheels will make your flea market shopping a lot more fun.

7. A small notebook and pen are invaluable for making notes or writing down someones number you may want or need later.

You really should try to visit flea markets as early in the day as possible because you will find a lot of things for sale early in the day that will be gone later in the day. Now you may have trouble getting people to negotiate on prices early in the day but if your looking for particular hard to find items you'll have more success early in the day.

However by late in the day many vendors will be willing to negotiate on prices. I rarely pay the first price I am asked for a item. Often if you will simply walk off and come back later in the day you will be offered a better price. You can leave that particular item laying there on a vendors table to near the end of the day hoping to get a lower price but you do risk the chance that someone may buy it before you get the chance.

Always keep in mind that there are several ways to negotiate on price. If the item is $15 say I would love to have it but all I have left to spend is this $10 bill and have the $10 bill in your hand so they can see it. They just may see the money and take your offer. Or you can always ask the vendor what is the lowest price they can take for a particular item. Or like I said make an offer. It never hurts and some vendors will take what you offer. People selling at outdoor tables usually are easier to negotiate with than those set up on permanent tables indoors.

Outdoor Flea Markets are a great place to find bargains.
Outdoor Flea Markets are a great place to find bargains.

Flea Markets In The Upstate Of South Carolina And A Few In North Carolina

Chesnee South Carolina Flea Market

Near Chesnee South Carolina open on Mondays and Thursdays is one of the best Flea Markets in the upstate of South Carolina. Its one of my favorites because no matter what your looking for you can find it there. Everything from plants , to whole country hams , to live animals like chickens , rabbits and goats. Just go down Highway 221 early in the morning and as soon as you get to the Chesnee City limits stop at a store there and ask directions to the flea market. I really suggest you go as early in the day as possible because the selection of items will be much better.

If your looking for other Flea Markets in the area below is a complete list for you to shop at and enjoy.

Spartanburg Flea Market

8010 Asheville Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29303-1531 (864) 503-9026 () ‎

US 221 Flea Market

2418 Oakland Rd, Forest City, NC 28043-6925 (828) 247-6002

Tab's Flea Market

13450 E Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer, SC 29651-6230 (864) 877-7209

Jean's Flea Market

2781 E Cherokee St, Blacksburg, SC 29702-7377 (864) 936-9661

The Rusty Bucket

Rusty Bucket

3398 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792-9379 (828) 685-2209

Anderson Jockey Lot And Farmers Market

They call themselves the World's Largest Flea Market

Open Saturday from 7 A.M. - 5P.M. and Sundays from 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Visit the Anderson Jockey Lot and Farmers Market From Anderson, SC: Take US Highway 29 north, approximately 5 miles. The Jockey Lot is on the right-hand side. From Greenville, SC: Take I-85 south to exit #34 (US Highway 29). Follow US Highway 29 approximately 7 miles. The Jockey Lot is on the left-hand side. From Atlanta, Ga: Take I-85 north to exit #32. Turn right at the stop sign. Travel east on Highway 8 for 0.5 miles to Highway 29 south. It is 6 miles to the Jockey Lot. Wherever you come from, watch out for the Hammod Water District's water tower. Our landmark at the Jockey Lot.

Western North Carolina Flea Markets , Thrift Shops and more.

Click Here To Find Out Where They Are Located.

Now while those are some of the busiest flea markets in the area there are more near by that we don't have listed.

Always remember to negotiate on price. I almost never pay the first price I am asked. You will almost always do better at the outdoor tables than you ever will at the indoor places. Especially if you like to negotiate on prices.

And always go as early in the day as possible for the best selection though you will probably be able to negotiate prices better later in the day at most flea markets. I hope you get to go shopping soon at a flea market and I hope you find what your looking for. Good luck.

I hope you like my Hub Page on Flea Markets and I hope you find some information that can help you in your flea market shopping. Thanks for reading my Hub Page on Flea Markets.

(C) October 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost
(C) October 2010 by Thomas Byers aka Crazyhorsesghost

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    • agusfanani profile image


      6 years ago from Indonesia

      I like to go to flea markets although sometimes they are not so well organized and crowded but I can see a nice view of your flea market selling fresh fruit there.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      I love going to flea markets. I am always looking for an old interesting books for me to read besides other things. I did not know about this magnet, so I´ll be bringing this next time I am looking for jewelries. Thanks for sharing.

    • tlpoague profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Flea markets are my favorite thing to shop, next to auctions. These are some useful tips. Thanks for sharing them.

    • Kevin Hungerford profile image

      Kevin Hungerford 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I love shopping at my local flea market. It's a great weekend outing with the family. The tips you provided will be very useful, thank you.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I also do my Christmas Shopping at Flea Markets and shop for books. Books are much more affordable at Flea Markets and Yard Sales. Thanks for your comments.

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      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've shopped at a flea market for Christmas presents and find it's a great place to find books for lower prices. My sister shops at flea markets almost every week for clothes, jewelry, gifts etc. Good suggestion about negotiating does work well most of the time.

    • Austinstar profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      My mom was a flea market vendor for years. She really loved talking to 'regulars' and barganing. I think she bought more than she sold to tell the truth.

    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      8 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for your comment about Flea Markets. And for your kind words. I appreciate it.

    • suziecat7 profile image


      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love flea markets and used to sell there every week until it was replaced by a Lowe's. Great advice for flea market shopping.


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